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Shan farmers protest Nao Pha dam project

With the future of the controversial Myitsone dam project apparently still in doubt following Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China, local residents in Shan State are making their position on similar projects clear.
About 80 farmers from four townships demonstrated on August 21, calling on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her capacity as state counsellor to block the proposed Nao Pha dam on the Thanlwin (Salween) River. The protest took place at Kaung Cho village, Kon Kauk village tract, in Theinni township, Shan State..{ Read more....}


Salween River is not for sale, says Shan NGOs

Shan civic groups held a press conference in Bangkok today, claiming that the Burmese government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, is working secretly in support of dam construction on the Salween River, despite knowing that the mega-project will greatly affect many people.Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) in the Thai capital, Sai Khur Hseng of the Shan Sapawa Environmental Organization and spokesperson for this morning’s joint-statement, said that the new Burmese government has tried to implement the hydropower projects without caring about the suffering of ordinary people..{ Read more.....}


Concerns about the Naung Pha dam on the Salween River

We are strongly opposed to any dams on the free-flowing Salween River, a vital artery sustaining millions of ethnic people in eastern Burma. Any blockage to its mighty flow would have far-reaching environmental and social impacts. However, the general perception in central Burma appears to be that the Salween is at a remote edge of the country, and dams will have little impact. In particular there is little public knowledge about the Salween in “remote” northeastern Shan State. {Read more.....}


Taunggyi farmers face criminal charges over land issue

Some 130 farmers in Shan State capital Taunggyi, who claimed their lands were seized by the Burmese armed forces, are now in turn being sued by the military, according to local sources.
The farmers are all from Yepu village in the Kunlong tract of Taunggyi Township. They were brought to trial on July 25 and charged with criminal trespassing under Article 447 of Burma’s Penal Code.{ Read more.......}

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